The political situation in Gabon is "under control

All five of the rebels who tried to take charge have now been arrested by the authorities.

● The junior officers claimed they seized power "to restore democracy" in oil-rich Gabon, where the ailing leader's family has ruled for 50 years.

● Tanks and armoured vehicles could be seen in the capital Libreville.

● One of the rebels was on the run for a brief period, before being found hiding under a bed, reports Radio France Internationale.

● "The situation is calm. The gendarmes who are often stationed there have taken control of the entire area around the radio and TV headquarters, so everything is back to normal", said Bertrand Mapangou, a government spokesman.

●  Mr Mapangou said that the army generals, civil society and opposition leaders mentioned in the rebels' statement as potential supporters would be investigated.

● Current leader Ali Bongo succeeded his father Omar Bongo as president in 2009. He narrowly won re-election in 2016 in a poll marred by violence and accusations of fraud.

● In Morning the five soldiers took control of the national radio station at 04:30 local time (03:30 GMT) to read a short statement announcing a "National Restoration Council".

● In a video circulating on social media, three young soldiers can be seen in a radio studio wearing military fatigues and holding guns.

✒️ Five important things about Gabon you should know about it.

● The country's national symbol is the Black Panther

● It has a population of 1.8 million people, with an average life expectancy of 62 years. The youth unemployment rate is around 35%

● Compared to many other African states, the former French colony has seen much less political turmoil, and has had just three presidents since 1960

● Former ruler Omar Bongo  dominated Gabonese politics for almost four decades.

● It is a major oil producer but one third of its people still live in poverty.

More about President Ali Bongo?

● The president's term of office has been over shadowed by a long-running French investigation into allegations of embezzlement involving the Bongo family's assets.

● Mr Bongo, who has been out of the country for two months, reportedly suffered a stroke in October and received treatment in Morocco.

● He sought to put an end to the rumours about his health with a televised new year message in which he said he was feeling fine.

● Mr Bongo has been criticised over his prominent role in the Free masons - an organisation whose Gabonese chapter he led as lodge master.

● But his supporters point to his role in attempting to diversify Gabon's oil-dependent economy, in the face of declining oil reserves.

USA President Donald Trump has deployed soldiers to Gabon to protect US citizens  a mid fears of violent protests in the nearby Democratic Republic of Congo following its presidential election.

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